Added Apr 24, 2011
The title of this project is in honor of my mom, who called the background of the main fabric “watered down chocolate milk color”… in a good way, haha!
I’ve wanted to make a playsuit/jumpsuit forever, and I finally got around to it. I used McCalls 6083, View D. I cut out size 10 for the bodice and a size 12 for the bottoms, because I’m a little pear-shaped. I thought it would be an easy project, but it didn’t exactly go as planned.
First, WARNING TO ANYONE USING THIS PATTERN: Check the length of the crotch before your cut your fabric! I’m only 5 feet 6 inches, but this pattern was about 1 1/2" too short for me. I don’t know how the models on the pattern cover POSSIBLY fit in to the finished products. Of course I didn’t measure before I cut my fabric, so I ended up having to insert a 2" strip in the waist between the top and bottom. I sewed a strip of fabric along the inside of the jumpsuit to make the needed casing for the elastic. Thankfully I had enough fabric to make the adjustment; but by the end of it, I had only tiny scraps left over.
I made 1/4" bias tape out of the contrast fabric to finish the facing on the crossover part of the bodice. I used the same fabric to make the pockets; and to make the facing for the back of the neck.
I made a 1" hem on the shorts. I also added 3 snaps to the front to keep it closed; and two vintage buttons for decoration.
I personally don’t like total sleeveless-ness on myself most of the time, because I don’t like the way my arms look; so I decided to add sleeves. However, once I put them on, I realized because the armhole was cut so far out, the sleeves were sticking out oddly. So, I cut all but 2" of the sleeves off and turned them under, to make more of a band along the armhole.
I plan on using this pattern again sometime, but I will certainly make the inseam bigger.
1 3/4 yards of taupe and pink calico cotton. 1/2 yard of hot pink calico for pockets and the facings. Two vintage 3/4" buttons. Three snaps. 5/8 yard of light weight interfacing. 1 yard of 3/4" wide elastic.
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